Farmers’ group on warpath vs DENR chief

FILE: Persons deprived of liberty at the Ihawig Prison and Penal Farm tend the 500-hectare land in Palawan for rice farming on Monday morning. | Photograph courtesy of BuCor
FILE: Persons deprived of liberty at the Ihawig Prison and Penal Farm tend the 500-hectare land in Palawan for rice farming on Monday morning. | Photograph courtesy of BuCor

Farmers from the towns of Coron and Busuanga in Palawan are seriously considering the idea of taking their 35 years of struggle to the Office of the Ombudsman and intend to file a case against the court-designated executor of the Yulong King Ranch — Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga.

Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan spokesperson Orly Marcellana disclosed that they are already in the process of consulting their legal counsels regarding the cases that would be filed against Yulo-Loyzaga.

He stressed that there is a conflict of interest in the appointment of Yulo-Loyzaga as DENR secretary, as he hinted at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 17 resolution designating Yulo-Loyzaga as executor of YKR Corporation.

That particular designation has prompted ACT Partylist Representative France Castro to file a resolution seeking a congressional "investigation in aid of legislation."

Named co-administrator by the court is one Ma. Paz Socorro J. Yulo Cammack, who was earlier reported to be the sister of the DENR chief.

Aside from Loyzaga and Cammack, the other heirs of the late Jose A. Yulo are Teresa J. Yulo, Cecilia J. Yulo, Maria Teresa Carmen J. Yulo Gomez, Jose Luis J. Yulo, Jose Enrique J. Yulo, Maria Carmen J. Yulo, Jose Manuel J. Yulo and Jose Maria J. Yulo.

The peasant group also appealed to House Speaker Martin Romualdez to manifest some proof of the administration's sincerity in the implementation of Republic Act 6657 or Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.

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